#OnThisDay 1922 Emmet Dalton landed 800 soldiers of the Free State Army, artillery & Peerless armoured cars at Passage West, Cork. Further landings take place into the Munster Republic as part of their drive on Cork City. There are several deaths on both sides.
#OnThisDay 1918 Pte Benjamin O’ Connell, 23 from Wexford, was executed for absence. O’Connell, serving in the Irish Guards was the fifth & final Guardsman to be executed. O’Connell had two previous convictions & was shot after the third offence.
#OnThisDay 1647 An Irish Confederate Army was destroyed at the Battle of Dungan’s Hill. Marching to Dublin, they were intercepted by a Parliamentarian army, the Irish were surrounded in a wheat field, cut off from their cavalry and 3,000 of them were killed.
#OnThisDay 1943 The 38th (Irish) Brigade crossed the Simeto River having just captured the town of Centuripe in Sicily, despite heavy German resistance. Casualties were heavy but the 38th secured their objective & crossed the river by 9pm.
#OnThisDay 1864 At the Battle of Mobile Bay, 14 Irishmen were awarded the Medal of Honor. During the battle, the Union Army & Navy launched an attack on two Confederate forts to stop blockade runners. Roughly 20% of the Union Navy were Irishmen.